Depression and Anxiety Counseling – Therapists in Medfield MA
Rob is a seventy-year-old man struggling with depression. He loves his younger wife and their children, but a few years ago they adopted two more children who are still in elementary school. While he wants to spend time with them and enjoy their activities, he finds that sitting on the couch is sometimes all he can handle mentally. He’s retired, and he thought by now he would be living a simple, quiet life, but instead he’s partaking in activities of a man half his age. He’s struggling with an internal conflict between what he expected out of retirement and what he’s getting. He’s also having trouble communicating these feelings to his wife, and he feels isolated.
Ailsa owns her own business. She’s been in practice less than a year, and while she loves it, some days all she can do is sit, paralyzed, because she’s concerned her clients aren’t happy with her work. There have been no complaints to cause her this concern, but it’s there nonetheless. Ailsa also has a difficult time relaxing, even when she’s not working.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression have slightly different presentations, but they’re often mistaken for the same thing because they share symptoms. They are separate disorders, but they can be experienced at the same time.
To complicate the matter further, those with depression can become anxious about it, and those with anxiety may feel depressed. A Thriveworks Medfield MA counselor will be able to determine which of these disorders you’re experiencing and how to best approach treatment.
Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include (Anxiety and Depression Association of America):
- Awareness that you’re worrying about things, generally or specifically, more than you should
- Hard time concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Have to go to the bathroom a lot
Symptoms of depression include the above, and can also include difficulty sleeping, lack of motivation, lack of interest in daily activities that one used to find pleasurable, and general sadness and hopelessness. Regardless of which particular symptoms you have, if you feel you need help, you probably do. Contact us to get on the path to recovery as soon as tomorrow.
When to Call a Therapist
It’s important to call a therapist or suicide hotline immediately if you’re having thoughts of suicide. There are professional depression counselors available, and their entire goal is to help you feel better. It may seem hopeless right now, but you can recover and continue to live your best life. We’ve worked with many clients to do exactly that.
Second, if you experience any of the listed symptoms, or just know something isn’t quite right, and if that feeling lasts for more than two weeks, it’s time to call a Thriveworks Medfield MA counselor. Finally, if you’re experiencing any symptoms that interfere with your daily activities, a counselor can help. Therapy for counseling and anxiety includes working with your counselor to determine the root cause of your anxiety and then developing a plan to change negative thoughts and beliefs into positive ones.
Depression and anxiety can cause relationships to deteriorate, which often increases the severity of the depression or anxiety. Because depression causes sufferers to withdraw from close relationships, it can be difficult for those close to you to understand what’s going on. Sometimes we see couples or families for a therapy session so the loved ones are better able to understand how the one suffering feels and how they can best be supported. Thriveworks Medfield counselors know how tough this time feels. It seems like a dark cloud is following you everywhere you go, and when your family and friends begin to withdraw, that cloud feels even bigger. We can help you begin to strengthen your relationships once more, and with the communication skills you’ll learn in therapy, you may find they’re even stronger than they were before.
Thriveworks Medfield MA Counseling for Anxiety and Depression
Thriveworks Medfield MA counselors are committed to helping you feel better. All it takes is one phone call to get started. We don’t keep a waiting list, and we can usually schedule you within 24 hours. If you want to feel like yourself again, we can help.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America. “Understand the Facts: Depression.” Adaa.org.